Manila, November 29, 2007. In
the Manila Standard Today, the Everest School was
singled out for special mention as a significant source of
hope for children. Everest Academy is a private Catholic international
school implementing the method of Integral Formation developed by the
Legionaries of Christ. Legionary priests and consecrated members of Regnum
Christi are working at the school.
The Philippines’ Taguig City
recently entered into a joint venture with the Everest School
in Fort Bonifacio, to build a Mano Amiga (Helping Hands)
school by the year 2009.
The proposed school is one
of several elements in a city-wide effort to improve conditions
for children in Taguig. These elements together, including the proposed
Mano Amiga school, earned the city an award granted by
the President’s Council for the Welfare of Children, which recognizes
the role of local government units in promoting and protecting
the rights of children.
Taguig City’s mayor, Freddie Tinga, envisions the
planned Mano Amiga school as the best socialized elementary school
in its class.
His expectations are on the mark. In
Central and South America, Mano Amiga schools are a proven
way to break the vicious cycle of poverty and illiteracy.
Since Mano Amiga schools work with the whole family, they
enable children with promise to rise above their circumstances and
use their success to give back to their communities later